Certainly a maverick in Hollywood, with as many clunkers as classics, Popeye anyone? But you can’t deny that M*A*S*H, Nashville, Short Cuts, The Player & Gosford Park were cracking good flicks. With the improvisation that led to Gould & Sutherland trying to get him fired from M*A*S*H to the overlapping multistreamed dialogue that probably didn’t endure him to some audiences and certain studio bosses, who cut them from his pics, these weren’t usual Hollywood fodder.
I also have to admit I’m one of the few that has a soft spot for O.C. and Stiggs, dunno just liked it.